Create a Microsoft Team from SharePoint

Create a Microsoft Team from SharePoint

Add real-time chat, virtual meeting capabilities, and extended collaboration features to your SharePoint team site by adding Microsoft Teams. Team sites that are connected to a Microsoft 365 group in SharePoint can easily add Microsoft Teams. Team sites that are not already connected to a group will first need to connect to a Microsoft 365 group before they can be added to Microsoft Teams.

Image of a graphic for M365 collaboration

Alternatively, current Microsoft Teams users can enhance an existing Microsoft 365 Group with Teams functionality. 

Connecting SharePoint team sites with Teams makes it easier to:

  • Communicate more effectively using real time chat, online calling, web conferencing, and screen sharing.

  • Ensures sensitive content is compliant, secure, and can be easily viewed on a mobile device.

  • Collaborate on files with built-in Microsoft 365 apps like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

  • Help team members focus on the most important content by adding SharePoint resources as tabs to Teams.

  • Maintain team productivity by keeping conversations and shared resources all in one place.

  • Develop more opportunities to create social channels that build team culture and community.

Important: 

  • This functionality will be introduced gradually, first to organizations with targeted release options selected in the Office 365 Admin Center. You may not see this feature, or it may look different than described.

  • Only team sites that are connected to a Microsoft 365 group can be connected to Microsoft Teams

  • You must be the Site owner of the team site to add Microsoft Teams

  • You must be the Site owner of the team site to add SharePoint resources as tabs in Team channels

  • SharePoint content that’s added to Teams channels can only be edited in SharePoint

Create a Microsoft Team from a SharePoint team site:

1. Navigate to a group-connected team site you own

2. Select Add real-time chat in the lower left corner of the home page of your team site.

Add real-time chat

Or you can find the Add real-time chat entry point in the “Next Steps” panel which is accessible from the top right section of your team site.

Next steps

3. Select Add real-time chat to open a panel that walks site owners through a quick tour about the value of adding Microsoft Teams capability to their SharePoint sites.

Add Microsoft Teams

4. Select Continue to view options to add SharePoint resources as tabs in Teams. Select SharePoint pages, news posts, lists, and document libraries to add to Microsoft Teams that enables your team to work in one place.

Note: Notice the default document library of the team site is pre-selected and cannot be un-selected. This library will be made available as part of the Files tab in the Teams channel. The home page of your site will also be pre-selected, but you can be un-selected. Select resources from the Recommended section to view of the most used resources in your team site.

Pin resources at tabs

5. Select Add Teams to create your new Team channel that contains the selected resources as tabs. Once your team is successfully created, Microsoft Teams will be launched automatically and takes you to your newly created Team channel.

6. Find the resources you selected as tabs in the General channel of your new team.

Image of the general channel in Microsoft Teams

7. A link to the Teams channel now appears in the site navigation of your SharePoint team site.

Microsoft Teams link in SharePoint team site navigation

More resources

What is a SharePoint team site?

Microsoft 365 Group to your existing team site

Add a SharePoint page or list to a channel in Teams 

Overview of Teams, chats and channels 

Collaborate on files in Microsoft Teams 

Six things to know about chat in Microsoft Teams 

Five things to know about apps in Microsoft Teams 

Meetings in Teams

Use Whiteboard in Microsoft Teams

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